History and Religious Studies*

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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

This course is for those who want to ask deep questions about what it means to be human, to examine answers to such questions, and the way that those answers – religious and otherwise – have shaped global events, cultures and societies.

Our students don’t just study what others have said, or learn names, dates and beliefs. They are historians and scholars of religion, investigating and interpreting events and evidence, practices and ideas for themselves, in order to understand the development of individual, social and cultural identities.

Unique placement, field trip and study abroad opportunities complement learning on the course. Previous destinations have included the USA, Canada, India and Spain, as well as various UK destinations. A variety of guest speakers, as well as local and international partnerships with museums, archives and religious communities will also enrich your learning.

You’ll become an independent practitioner, researcher and critical thinker. Working closely with subject experts as you develop deep knowledge in your field, you’ll gain highly desirable skills in investigative, analytical research and communication.

Hands-on experience with historical documents and artefacts, as well as the close examination of religious texts and ideas, will also help you to build essential skills for work within and beyond university.

The course offers specialist strands in British, European, American and Soviet history, as well as in the major world religions (Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism), new expressions of spirituality and non-religious movements. This rich curriculum allows you to shape your studies in ways that match your interests.

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Study style

Course delivery is by lecture, seminar, tutorial and student-led sessions, complemented by active use of digital technologies. Small group discussions allow tutors to connect with students, facilitating excellent support for learning and strong group identity. Module options allow students to pursue their interests and shape their own studies.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2019 entry

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2019 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.


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  • Heritage and museums
  • Third sector/NGO/Charities
  • Publishing
  • Teaching
  • Human Resources
  • Media/Journalism
  • Social Care
  • Research and Consultancy

*This course is 'subject to validation' which means it is going through the final stages of approval. Courses do normally get approved, but if for any reason this course does not then you would be informed by the university and we would help you find a suitable alternative.

Industry links

Our partnerships with local archives and museums, as well as links with local and national religious communities, allow students to examine their learning in professional and lived contexts. Fieldtrips, projects and placement opportunities facilitate hands-on engagement with heritage, social and religious organizations, providing opportunities to gain professional level skills and experiences.

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Gain an excellent grasp of key historical events and developments, as well as of religious values and trends. Understand the ways in which belief and history intersect in shaping one another and our ever-changing world.
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As a scholar in your field – not just a student – become an independent researcher in a supportive environment. Grow your intellectual initiative. Enjoy opportunities to challenge yourself in developing skills in the ethical, evaluative interpretation of texts, events and ideas.

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